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One charged in brutal 2016 robbery, attack of Wolf Township couple

PICTURE ROCKS — Nearly five years after a Wolf Township couple was terrorized and brutally beaten by a group of four masked men who invaded their home, state police arrested one of those allegedly involved in the attack.

Sheldon Spotts, believed to be in his 30s, of 343 Old Route 220, Jersey Shore, was arraigned on charges of robbery, two counts each of aggravated and simple assault, one count of kidnapping to facilitate a felony, kidnapping to inflict terror, unlawful restraint, felony theft, burglary, tampering with evidence and felony trespassing.

Spotts and three other men allegedly pre-meditated to burglarize the couple’s home in the 300 block of Yeagle Road on the night of July 7, 2016, with the intention to “steal money and marijuana,” according to court records.

The husband came out of his garage with a yardstick after seeing a van suddenly turn around in his driveway, police were told. The husband was confronted by one of the bandits who was armed with a handgun, which he held to the wife’s head, police said.

All four suspects were wearing masks and were dressed in camouflage, police said.

Spotts and one of the other men then tackled the husband to the ground. The husband was then beaten “violently and profusely” with the yardstick, police were told.

“Both victims were screaming for help, and the husband suffered catastrophic injuries to his skull, right shoulder and back,” losing a “significant amount of blood as a result of the assault,” Trooper Matthew Miller, the lead investigator, wrote in an affidavit.

The husband was dragged inside the home, down a flight of steps to the basement while his wife also was brought into the house at gunpoint, Miller said. Two of the attackers continued to assault the couple while one of the bandits stayed outside.

The wife was then taken to a master bedroom, where an estimated $5,000 was removed from a safe, Miller said. The woman was then taken to the basement, where “she was thrown into a blunt object, causing a head injury,” the investigator said.

After the intruders threatened further harm to his wife, the husband told them there was more money under a rock outside, Miller said. An additional $1,200 cash was indeed located, he added.

The couple was bound separately with duct tape or an electrical power cord, police said. Before the foursome left in a van, one of them asked the husband if he was ever going to grow marijuana again. The man said ‘no,” Miller was told.

Spotts admitted to investigators that he and one of the other men allegedly involved in the robbery “smoked and sold the marijuana” that was taken from the home.

Charges against Spotts were filed last week and he was arraigned Wednesday afternoon before District Judge Jon E. Kemp and released on $90,000 bail.

The husband “suffered several skull fractures and deep lacerations to his head. His injuries resulted in three back surgeries, a shoulder replacement and surgery on his skull.” Miller said, adding that the husband “suffers from memory loss.

His wife “suffered a concussion and several lacerations,” Miller added.

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